Rather, the company’s Imagineers — designers of Disney’s parks, rides, gadgets and hotels — created the device to function like a real lightsaber in that the “blade” of light extends from the base of the sword.
The saber isn’t for sale, at least not yet. But fans can soon see it in action at Disney’s new “Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser,” an immersive Disney hotel that will open in 2022 and allow guests to live out adventures from the lucrative franchise.
Disney Parks chairman Josh D’Amaro first presented the saber last month during a closed presentation to a small number of reporters.
The functional lightsaber and the “Galactic Starcruiser” experience represent how Disney is evolving its parks beyond just rides and hotels.
In 2019 Disney opened Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, a 14-acre expansion that allows guests to ride the Millennium Falcon and dine on galactic delicacies such as Blue Milk. It’s Disney’s largest-ever park expansion.
“It’s going to be incredibly relevant to guests all around the world,” he said. “Every single day, these parks are changing.”
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